Question Virginia to Glacier - what stops should I make?

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Giving myself 2-3 weeks to travel and enjoy the journey from the Richmond, VA area to Glacier around end of July to 1st of August. I don't have a route picked out yet hence my question to y'all as to what should I see along way between VA and Glacier?
 
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Think shortest route would take you thru Chicago area which I would want to avoid at all cost. How about route north thru Michigan with a stop at Hearthside Grove in Petoskey? Then north of Lake Michigan before heading west again. I have not traveled the upper Midwest but will be doing it this summer. Sure others that have traveled the area before can help more than me.
 
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Polson! :ROFLMAO:

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How about route north thru Michigan with a stop at Hearthside Grove in Petoskey? Then north of Lake Michigan before heading west again.
Agree...Northern MI is beautiful, particularly Hearthside Grove! That might make a perfect halfway stopover point.
 
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I have done the MI tour out the top to UP then left u-turn to the Oshkosh airshow. I have not stayed at HG yet. I also do not have to drive shortest distance between VA and Glacier so I'm open to any attractions suggested to see between the two locations within reason.
 
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I have done the MI tour out the top to UP then left u-turn to the Oshkosh airshow. I have not stayed at HG yet. I also do not have to drive shortest distance between VA and Glacier so I'm open to any attractions suggested to see between the two locations within reason.
We really enjoyed Door County in Wisconsin a few years ago. Several very picturesque towns! It was a lovely area in general, lots of boating. Judy D
 
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We really enjoyed Door County in Wisconsin a few years ago. Several very picturesque towns! It was a lovely area in general, lots of boating. Judy D
Agreed! No chain restaurants and not a single stop light in Door County. We were there last year for a week and going back this year for 16 days...
 
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If you have not already experienced the Auen-Osborn campground in Sault Ste Marie, MI, I recommend spending a day or two on your adventure. You'll want a waterfront site.
 
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Have to do some planning this weekend to make sure I don't hit any covid quarantine situations. I'm thinking of not taking the GPS / google maps suggested routing which takes me north via Chicago, etc. which obviously I don't want to go through but I think I'm going to head due west until through IL and then I'll vector NW towards Montana.

I think I may also long haul the first few days and get closer to the Dakotas and Montana and then stop and spend more time there vs. longer layovers enroute. It will be exhausting but I think the better things to see may be closer to the destination especially amid current events.

Open to suggestions but that's how the current mental plan is forming for now.
 

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Open to suggestions but that's how the current mental plan is forming for now.
Well, if you do decide to reconsider Michigan, Hearthside Grove is wonderful and just biking in there is nice. A must is driving your toad through the Tunnel of Trees and go to Legs Inn for lunch. Dine in the garden and depending on the weather you will see 3 lighthouses. Check out the history of this place. Very interesting. It is named the "2nd Most Iconic Restaurant" in Michigan. Dang. Now I need to find out the First. Anyone know? Oh, and have dessert.. Polish Berry Szarlotka.

Then ferry to Mackinac Island. Drives to Harbor Springs and Charlevoix (to see the mushroom houses). And for me I like visiting all marinas, harbors. Check out Bay Harbor. Elli will love it. Pretty park, walk the concrete pier with crashing waves. I didn't have enough time to explore Traverse City. There are vineyards and a lighthouse there, so naturally I have to go one day.
 
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Sounds like @ARD has a commission arrangement with the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce...
 
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I haven't been to HG but I did stay at the SP in Traverse City and then Straits SP in UP which was gorgeous, right up until I raised my front shade to find my big windshield crack. I did not do the ferry or the treats, I could certainly go back that route but I have to check the covid situation there (min stay requirements, etc.). I did a complete south to north run on MI with various SP's along the way from east then to north west after Niagara Falls entering the south-east part of MI.

My goal right now may be to get to the lands you recently traveled and spend more time there vs. the journey. May be another long haul scenario again :(
 
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You could always do the wonderful things @ARD mentioned on the way back home...
 
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You could always do the wonderful things @ARD mentioned on the way back home...
That's a great idea. I may do just that or actually come home via Colorado which I've been wanting to explore which is my plan at the moment. @ARD happens to be the book of knowledge on CO so she'll be hearing from me when that time comes :geek:

I really need to be a fulltimer. Spending restricted amount of time in locations is not fun. I love my house is the problem!
 
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If you get back to the Traverse City area, go north to Lake Leelanau and stay at the Lake Leelanau RV Park. The owner lives in a house on site. One night we heard some music and followed our ears to his house. He has a frekin pipe organ in his living room with 3400 pipes! Not seen at your average campground.
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